There are 59 innocent people murdered in the most horrible Las Vegas massacre. Police officers, veterans, medical workers, teachers, mothers, and fathers are among those who were shot to death.
The millionaire sniper, Stephen Paddock, 64, killed at least 59 people and injured a further 527 when he fired on concert-goers from the vantage point of a 32nd-floor hotel room in Las Vegas.
Armed with as many as 23 weapons, including semi-automatic rifles, Paddock opened fire in a shooting spree that lasted between five and 10 minutes.
His sickening attack was considered the worst mass shooting in American history. For 72 minutes, he unfolded a tragic barrage of gunfire, while the helpless crowd ran for their lives. (Video below)
Sonny Melton, 29, Denise Salmon Burditus, 50, Lisa Romero, Jordan McIldoon, 23, Jessica Klymchuk, 28, Jenny Parks, Susan Smith, 53, and Adrian Murfitt, 35, all lost their lives when 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock of nearby Mesquite, Nevada began shooting from his hotel room across the street at the Mandalay Bay Casino.
John Phippen, Rhonda LeRocque, Dana Gardner, Quinton Robbins, 20, Bailey Schweitzer, Angie Gomez, and Carrie Barnette were killed in the mass shooting.
Melissa Ramirez, who was a graduate of California State University at Bakersfield, Erick Silva, Tom Day Jr and 35-year-old special education teacher Sandy Casey were also killed in the horrific shooting.
The gunshot started during Jason Aldean performance. He continues performing for ten seconds as the gunfire rings out constantly, only stopping after screams begin to rise from the crowds.
People in the crowds argue over whether they just heard gunshots as the lights on the stage dim and Aldean and his band leave.
He later posted a message on Instagram that read: ‘Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that I and my Crew are safe.
‘My Thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night. #heartbroken #stopthehate’
In an interview with CNN, Owen described seeing people ‘scrambling for any kind of cover’. Owen took cover on his tour bus but says he saw plenty of concertgoers with the ‘chaos and fear’ in their eyes.
‘We need to stand up and fight these cowards,’ he said. ‘This is not what America was built to be… It’s up to us as entertainers to continue to come out here and sing our songs… and not back down to this,’ Owen said. ‘We can win this.’
Additionally, President Donald Trump described the massacre as an “act of pure evil” but sidestepped calls for tighter gun laws. His spokesperson later said MTrump stood by the Second Amendment which guarantees the “right to bear arms”.